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Analyzing Bolsonaro’s pick for Justice Minister

Brazil's new Justice Minister André Luiz Mendonça is respected in the Brazilian legal community, and is a loyal supporter of President Bolsonaro

Justice Minister André Luiz Mendonça shakes hands with President Bolsonaro. Photo: Isac Nóbrega/PR
Justice Minister André Luiz Mendonça shakes hands with President Bolsonaro. Photo: Isac Nóbrega/PR

Jair Bolsonaro’s cabinet has been a constant source of crisis in recent weeks, with high-ranking ministers leaving after feuds with the president. The first out the door was former Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta, who clashed with Mr. Bolsonaro’s denial of the Covid-19 crisis’s severity. Next, it was Justice Minister Sergio Moro, who resigned while accusing the president of a multitude of crimes. On top of that, the government’s economic team is bickering among themselves, with rumors of the possible resignation of economic tsar Paulo Guedes making a risk-averse market even more jittery. 

In a bid to calm...

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